Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has encouraged Ghanaian tertiary institutions to foster partnerships with their foreign counterparts to create opportunities for the schools and students.
That, he said, would among other benefits, create the platform for exchange of knowledge and research in all fields, and also promote best practices in local institutions.
Professor Owusu, who gave the advice at the inauguration of the Ghana Branch of Okayama University International Alumni Association (OUIAA), believes the exposure that would be gained through the partnership with international institutions, would help to promote the image of the local universities and training institutions.
He lauded the establishment of the alumni branch that is expected to promote networking among past and current students of the Japanese university, and called on other institutions to emulate the example.
Okayama University is a national university in Japan and well known for producing innovative and effective graduates.
Professor Owusu expressed the hope that branch would help to foster strong relationship between the university and Okayama and further strengthen bilateral relations.
He said the international relations looks bright and important for any university that wants to spread its tentacles across board.
Prof. Zhang Hong, the Chairperson of OUIAA expressed happiness for having inaugurated the Ghana alumni branch.
“This will help deepen relations and allow Okayama University alumni in Ghana to freely interact with the international body,” she said.
Prof. Zhang said the branch was the first to be opened in West Africa, which brings to50 worldwide.
She expressed confidence that this would bring about collaboration between the two universities and better enhance the two countries’ friendship.
Dr. Stephen Abenney Mickson, Interim President of the Ghana branch of OUIAA, called on the President of Okayama University and the Chairperson of the Alumni Association to make scholarships available in their Medical and Law and Business schools for Ghanaian students to get the opportunity to be trained.